Relatively new to saltwater fishing or preparing for a big saltwater fishing trip with your buddies?
Aside from talking to experienced fishermen and reading on some books, you’re doing the right thing by stocking up on some knowledge before you literally test the waters!
Truth is, there is really no one right way to fish, but there is a style and technique designed especially for where you plan to fish (type of water) and whatever fish it is you are angling to catch (kind of fish).
If saltwater fishing is your thing, we’ve gathered a number of saltwater fishing tips and tricks for you, so you can definitely enjoy your fishing experience on the water and off!
These basic saltwater fishing tips are tailor-fit especially for first-timers, newbies and beginners who will have yet to experience exciting coastal angling expeditions.
Familiarize yourself with the equipment
This may seem like a very obvious tip, but most anglers make the common mistake of assuming all rods, surf fishing reels, baits and lures work exactly the same way. By familiarizing yourself with the processes of casting, baiting and knot tying, you are definitely gearing yourself to become an expert at saltwater fishing, even if you haven’t tried it yet.
Do your homework and research
Before you venture into the seas or the oceans, spend some time understanding the navigation charts and learning about the different species of fish available, as well as the kind of tackle to use. These may seem like a lot of pre-work, but preparation helps in terms of increasing your likelihood to catch a lot of fish.
Keep a fishing log
A fishing diary is always helpful in helping you keep tabs on what conditions were most productive for you. Record environmental conditions such as the moon phase, the tide phase, the wind speed, as well as the air and water temperature. Also record what baits you used, how the fish responded, the time of catch and the most productive locations. While these may seem tedious, all of these will help you identify recurring patterns in fish behavior.
Follow the tides
Fishing on the ebb tide is typically the bet condition for saltwater fishing, although in general the best tides can largely vary from high rising to high falling.
Be more attentive in spotting fish
Keep your eyes open as to where fish may be lurking. If you’re in beachside properties with holes, pockets and reefs, there may be gulls that are taking flight and circling a particular area. That’s usually a good indicator of where the fish may be!
You may think this is a very obvious tip but most anglers tend to be very impatient so much so that they change their lures every so often and transfer from one spot to another. The key to saltwater fishing is to remember not to move too quickly from spot to spot.
At the end of the day, saltwater fishing is not a career but a sport, so just relax and have fun!